msmtp 1.8.5 built using ${prefix}/${SYSCONFDIR}

Brian Inglis Brian.Inglis@SystematicSw.ab.ca
Wed Oct 2 19:38:00 GMT 2019


On 2019-10-02 12:18, Stephen Carrier wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 01, 2019 at 08:43:40PM -0600, Brian Inglis wrote:
>> On 2019-10-01 18:47, Stephen Carrier wrote:
>>> The latest verion of the msmtp package: 1.8.5+20190811+git7912c76-1 .
>>> Differs from the previous version: 1.6.6-1 .
>>>
>>> In that the location of the system-wide configuration file is changed
>>> from /etc/msmtprc to /usr/etc/msmtprc.
>>>
>>> I think this has the potential to break installations during an upgrade.
>>>
>>> In my case it only confused me as I set up a new system.
>>>
>>> Please consider changing this default back to what it was for the
>>> convenience of those who will otherwise need to figure this out.
>>
>> Definitely not a standard location and nothing there currently on my system.
>> The package contents shows only server configuration, nothing on /usr/etc/, no
>> defaults provided in /etc/defaults/usr/etc/, and /usr/bin/msmtp-config defaults
>> the CONFDIR to /etc, so unless you have a symlink, link or junction from /etc to
>> /usr/etc, or changed the location during the server config, /etc/ should have
>> been used.
> 
> This is not what I meant.  The package doesn't provide a configuration
> file.  msmtp-config generates one in /etc/msmtprc, exactly as I would
> want and expect since that's where to find the configuration file for
> previous versions.
> 
> The problem is that the binary looks for its configuration file in a
> different place:

> $ msmtp --version
> msmtp version 1.8.5
> Platform: x86_64-pc-cygwin
> ....
> System configuration file name: /usr/etc/msmtprc

> and only after I moved the configuration file to that nonstandard location
> would msmtp start working instead of complaining that it couldn't find
> any configuration file.
> 
> This seems like something that could be fixed by tweaking the package
> build scripts; I think it would be great to do that.

So this is a discrepancy between the built exe and the config script, which
should be resolved by having the built exe use the standard SYSCONFDIR, by
removing ${prefix} from its definition.
[changing subject]

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Take care. Thanks, Brian Inglis, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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